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By unknown | Sep 13, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Volkswagen South Africa yesterday said the national wage strike by Numsa members might negatively affect the company's production in the long run.

The company (VWSA) said its employees are not directly involved in the strike.

VWSA said it will be affected by component suppliers who are unable to deliver parts because of the closure of their plants yesterday.

VWSA human resource director Brian Smith said: "VWSA is monitoring the supply situation today and will be forced to stop production if parts supply is disrupted by the strike.

"If the strike lasts for more than a few days, it will have a major impact on VWSA's ability to produce cars for local and export markets," Smith said.

Thousands of the metalworker union's members in Eastern Cape downed tools in the national wage strike yesterday.

Workers in the motor component suppliers, retail and body repair workshops resorted to strike action after talks with employers reached a deadlock.

Other sectors affected include car spare assembly, car cleaning, motor vehicle sales and panel- beating workshops.

Numsa regional secretary Irvin Jim said: "There is a 100percent turnout and no production took place this morning.

"The ball is in the employer's court," Jim said.

"Numsa's leadership nationally is ready to negotiate."


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